Ninja Foodi Grill Review After 6 Months!

Ninja Foodi Grill is a 5-in-1 indoor grill that uses cyclonic grilling technology. Does it really work? Here is my full review after using it for over six months.

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Where to Purchase

You can find the Ninja Foodi Grill on Amazon which currently lists at $199, although the price may vary there. On the official website there are two options: $239.40 for the 4-quart grill, or a $299.40 option that includes an integrated smart probe. I’ve also spotted this item at Bed Bath & Beyond.

About Ninja Foodi Grill

Ninja Foodi Grill is a small indoor grill which is said to deliver char-grilled flavors with the versatility of an air fryer, all inside your home. The official product website is, and this item has been advertising regularly on late-night infomercials since late 2019.

Claims & Features

  • Versatility of an air fryer
  • 5-in-1 design
  • Heats up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes grill grate, crisper basket, and cooking pot for a variety of dishes
  • Can be used to air crisp, roast, bake, dehydrate, and grill

Ninja Foodi Grill Review

I purchased my Ninja Foodi Grill in late October 2019 in order to film a video review for my YouTube channel, which I will include below. Upon unboxing it, I discovered – in addition to the grill itself – a ceramic coated grill grate, a ceramic coated crisper basket, a ceramic coated cooking pot (which must be used at all times), and a splatter shield which helps reduce smoke and also protects the burner plate.

The front panel includes the options for Air Crisp, Dehydrate, Roast, and Bake, while grill temperature settings range from low to max, and can be adjusted with the temperature setting. The grill comes with a rather useful cheat sheet that provides suggested cooking times and temperatures for a wide variety of food and settings. A step up from that is the rather comprehensive recipe guide that feels more like a mini cookbook, complete with high quality photos. More detailed charts are also included at the back of the guide for everything from vegetables to frozen fish, grilling to air crisp.

Preheating the grill is done by simply inputting your desired settings and hitting the start button. A progress bar appears on the panel so you can see how far along the preheating process is, which I’ve found to be around 9 minutes from room temperature. As you can see in the video below, I was able to successfully grill steaks, hamburgers, and other items, complete with grill marks. Oftentimes I found the grill to cook faster than their suggested times.

A steak cooked in the Ninja Foodi Grill.

One feature that is touted in the advertising, which I confirmed to pan out, is that you can put frozen meats and poultry in the Foodi Grill and fully cook them in about 20 minutes. Obviously that will vary by cut of meat, but overall their claims did seem to be accurate that you can bypass defrosting altogether and still end up with a fully cooked finished product. It’s not something I’ve done often, but it’s nice to know that such an option exists.

For those who are particular about their grill marks, I will say that these are a bit unusual in that they are in a circular pattern, as seen in the photo of the steak above. That small concern aside, however, I found that grilling steaks and chicken yield a similar result as grilling outdoors. Although the unit does include a splash guard to reduce smoke, the unit does still smoke on occasion, particularly while grilling hamburgers. This seems to be because grease eventually accumulates in the bottom and begins to heat up. Thus, your second batch of burgers will likely smoke more than your first.

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Although the product does feature a robust air crisp system, it is not the feature I utilize nearly as often as the grill itself. I’ve occasionally used it to heat up frozen fries, and it does a fine job of that, but I’ve also used the sibling Ninja Foodi Oven for fries and had similar results. Although the Ninja Foodi Grill does perform fine for air crisping, that isn’t its strong point, as most of those tasks can be done in any oven.

The dehydration feature is perhaps the least useful when compared to a full-scale dehydrator. Although in my initial tests I was able to successfully dehydrate bananas, I didn’t feel like that was the best use for this appliance. There is an optional basket that can be purchased separately which will add more space for dehydration, but even then the volume pales in comparison to a dedicated dehydrator. Perhaps if you only want to occasionally dehydrate a small amount of food, this could work in a pinch, but it certainly can’t compete with a full-scale dehydrator, at least in volume. With that said, the bananas I dehydrated were as good as those I typically make in my vintage Magic Aire II.

The dehydration feature works fine, but that does not seem to be the Ninja Foodi Grill’s strong point.

After six full months of using the Ninja Foodi Grill on a weekly basis, or more, I con confidently say that I’m quite satisfied with the unit overall. It has become my go-to grilling appliance over my outdoor grill, which was usually overkill for my small family. Despite my enjoyment of the Ninja Foodi Grill, I would be remiss to omit a few minor cons associated with the unit.

The biggest obstacle I have faced after six months is cleaning of the grill grate. Although a useful brush is provided that can get into the grill grate’s crevices, cleaning the grill is still more work than I had originally anticipated. When food and grease get into those cracks and crevices, it takes a considerable amount of care to completely clean it out. I’ve also tried placing the grate in the dishwasher, which has not yielded satisfactory results. Soaking it helps, but you still have to prod and probe with the brush to ensure all of the surfaces are rid of grease and caked-on food. It is the sole disappointment in an otherwise stellar appliance.

Perhaps related, but to a lesser degree, is the splatter shield, which also does not come very clean in the dishwasher. Due to its function, I haven’t obsessed with trying to keep that spotless, but it would be nice if it were a little easier to keep clean.

Despite those two cons, I am quite happy with the Ninja Foodi Grill and I have recommended it to many of my friends. It has become part of the regular rotation of appliances used in my home, and is no small task considering the hundreds of items I’ve reviewed over the past several years.


Below you can find my full review of the Ninja Foodi Grill. Below that is my review of the Power Smokeless Grill, which isn’t as versatile but does a fine job of indoor grilling, and with less smoke than its Ninja counterpart.


If the cost of the Ninja Foodi Grill is prohibitive, you may want to look at this Hamilton Beach model which is a modest $70. It may not have all the bells and whistles as the Ninja, but it holds a high rating among thousands of reviews for its ability to grill indoors. In a mid-range price, I recommend the Power Smokeless Grill, which you can see in the video above, and typically runs about $115. That was my indoor grill of choice before the Ninja took its rightful place on my counter-top. Like the Hamilton Beach, the Power Smokeless Grill is a single-purpose appliance, but does a nice job of keeping smoke to almost zero and also delivers a solid indoor grilling experience. Be sure to read Amazon comments on the Ninja Food Grill to get a feel for what other consumers are saying.

Your Ninja Foodi Grill Reviews

Have you used the Ninja Foodi Grill or something like it? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Updated June 2020.

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Stephanie R. Katz
Stephanie R. Katz
1 year ago

i received this as a gift and was VERY on the fence about keeping it. After all, who doesn’t love a $249 amazon credit. I kept it based on your review, and I’m glad I did because I love it. Your review was spot on, down to the issue of all cook times listed in the book being too long. Once you get your cook time right it’s very consistent with a quality result. I have to add that French fries with russet potatoes using the air fry function are AMAZING!!! I’m back on your site today looking for reviews… Read more »

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Freakin' Reviews(@freakinr)
1 year ago

Thank you for the comment Stephanie, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your Foodi Grill! I have several food thermometers but I haven’t done a review of one before. I do have two of this brand, although a slightly different design, and they work well:

Sophie Y.
Sophie Y.
1 year ago

Thanks so much for this review! So helpful as I look for an air fryer, and an indoor grill is just an added bonus! I live in a tiny NYC studio apartment and I haven’t had steak in a LONG time just because of how much it smokes up and stinks up my apartment (my bed is basically in my kitchen). You mention the smoke – but what about the odor? Is it ever unbearable?

Cynthia Young
Cynthia Young
1 year ago

I purchased the ninja food grill and initially I was in awe!!!!! The aircrisp cooked a batch of frozen fries, I also used aircrisp to cook a breakfast dish of potatoes, ham,egg, &cheese. Awesome!!! However my steaks are hard and cook too fast. They were (thin steaks so what went wrong? I am almost in tears over taking my new companion back to the store. Should I return a product when one thing doesn’t, work right, although the thing is quite important. I’m in a quandary as what to do.

Robert Logue
Robert Logue
1 year ago
Reply to  Cynthia Young

I’m reading the manual. It says you can adjust the temperature. Maybe it’s just to hot? OIC. It does not have fine temp adjustment. Possibly, the thermostats on these units are not precise.

Cynthia Young
Cynthia Young
1 year ago

The only problem I have with the ninja foodi, is that my steaks are not tender, and juicy. But there is not food smell, and definitely NOOOOOO SMOKE!!!!!!!!!